• Eyedropper
    Right Mouse Button, or Alt + Mouse
  • Hand Tool
    Middle Mouse Button, or Space + Mouse
  • Hand Tool
    Arrow keys
  • Zoom
    Scroll, or hold Z + drag horizontally
  • Zoom
    + in, - out
  • Rotate View
    Hold R and drag (+ Shift for snapping)
  • Rotate View
    Hold R and press or
  • Reset Rotation
    R + Up-Arrow
  • Fit Into View
    Double click while using Hand Tool, or Home
  • Reset View
  • Undo
    Ctrl + Z or + Z
  • Redo
    Ctrl + Y or + Y
  • HUD Color Picker
    Ctrl + Alt or + Alt
  • Line Tool
    Hold Shift while drawing
  • Change Brushsize
    [ decrease, ] increase
  • Save Image
    Ctrl + S or + S
  • Save to Browser Storage
    Ctrl + Shift + S
    or + Shift + S
  • Copy to Clipboard
    Ctrl + C or + C
  • Paste from Clipboard
    Ctrl + V or + V
  • Swap color
  • Paint Bucket
  • Text Tool
  • Shape Tool
  • Last Brush
  • Eraser
  • Clear Layer
    Delete or Backspace
  • Fill Layer
  • Relative Sliding
    Drag with Right Mouse Button
  • Relative Sliding
  • Finegrained Sliding
    Pull pointer away vertically
  • Hand Tool
    Drag/pinch/twist with 2 fingers
  • Fit Into View
    Double tap with 1 finger
  • Undo
    Tap with 2 fingers
  • Redo
    Tap with 3 fingers
Show All Shortcuts

Saving Your Image

Click on File then Save. Your image will be saved on your device usually under Downloads.

Keeping All Layers

Save as PSD to save your image including its layers by clicking the dropdown underneath the Save button and selecting "Save PSD". Layers will be restored when you open a PSD file. You can also open these files in other software (e.g. Krita, Clip Studio).

Save As:
  • PNG - lossless image without layers
  • PSD - image including layer information (Photoshop format)
  • Layers - each layer saved as a separate PNG

Importing Images

Import images from your Desktop by dragging them onto the canvas. You can then use them as a new layer or start a new image with them. Alternatively use File > Import.

Supported Filetypes:
JPEG, PNG, PSD (with limitations), (SVG, WEBP, BMP, GIF)

Browser Storage

This stores the current state of your image locally inside your browser. It also keeps all of the layers intact. When you reopen Kleki at a later time, it will automatically load the image.

- The browser may delete your image unprompted, depending on disk space and settings
- Kleki does not autosave, so you need to manually click Store
- Stores 1 image at a time. Pressing Store again, will overwrite the last image.

Use Save for permanent storage.

Pressure Sensitivity

If you use a stylus (Wacom tablet, Apple Pencil, ...) and your browser supports it, then Kleki offers pressure sensitivity. You can toggle it next to the brush sliders. That way your pen pressure can affect brush size and opacity.

Input Devices

It is recommended to use a pen/stylus for drawing because it is by far the most fun, fast, and expressive tool for drawing. Touchpads/trackpads are not suited for drawing lines.

Use zoom and the stabilizer to increase the precision of your linework with any input device.


Stabilization makes it easier to control your lines by lagging behind and averaging your drawing motion. This is mostly used to create clean final lineart. It can also help making drawing easier in general when you only have a mouse.

The responsiveness of no stabilization is desirable for fast sketching, or for large brush sizes, where jitter is less visible.

iPad is stuck zoomed in

Due to a bug in iPadOS 13, you can end up stuck zoomed in after double-tapping.
How to fix it:
- Tap on AA in the address bar
- Tap the left A once, then the right once
- Rotate your iPad 90° and wait for the orientation to change
- Rotate your iPad back into the original position and wait for the orientation to change

Now it should be back to normal.

Learning How to Draw / Paint

Free resources Excellent art books
  • How to Draw - Scott Robertson
  • Color & Light - James Gurney
  • Pen and Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide - Alphonso Dunn
  • Figure Drawing, Design and Invention - Michael Hampton
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - Betty Edwards
  • Understanding Comics - Scott McCloud
  • The Animator's Survival Kit - Richard Williams
  • Drawing Course - Charles Bargue

There's art in everyone. We've only just begun to dip our toes into this invaluable and infinite sea of self-expression.